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57th & 9th


57th & 9th is the new album recorded in CherryTree Records studio in New York (some parts have been recorded in Lake House and Berlin).

The title was unveiled on July 19th, for a release date november 11th.

(Photo: Eric Ryan Anderson)
(Photo: Eric Ryan Anderson)

The first single I Can't Stop Thinking About You was released on september 2nd, and was first performance live on august 31st in KROQ's studio.
I Can't Stop Thinking About You - Sting 57th & 9th

The second single is 50,000, released on september 23rd, after a first live broadcast on Later... with Jools Holland a few days earlier.
50,000 Sting

The third single is Petrol Head, released on Nov.3
Petrol Head Sting


Sting said about this album: "My intention is always to surprise. The essence of music is surprise. It's very Rock'n Roll, very lively. This is very rough, guitar based Rock'n Roll !"

During the recording process, started in october 2015, Sting's manager Martin Kierszenbaum posted tons of pictures of the work in progress. A nice teasing:
Sting in Studio
(Photo: Martin Kierszenbaum)

In an interview published in Rolling Stone on July 19th, Sting explains he's back to a rock sound. The most pop-rock sound since Synchronicity according to Martin Kierzenbaum.
Some themes of the albums have been unveiled:

Extracts from The Rolling Stone interview. Read the full article here.
Much of the album, Sting says, is "about emigrating." "Inshallah" tells the story of refugees traveling to Europe. "One Fine Day" takes aim at climate-change skeptics. "The biggest engine for migration will be climate," he says. "Millions of people will be looking for somewhere safe. I'm still in a bit of a depression about Britain exiting the EU for no good reason. At least the EU has a program to tackle climate change."

One highlight is "50,000," a gloomy ballad he wrote the week of Prince's death. Sting describes the process of reading the obituary of one of his rock & roll peers in the song, recalling stadium glory days together before existential fear settles in. "Mortality does sort of rear its head, particularly at my age – I'm 64," he says. "It's really a comment on how shocked we all are when one of our cultural icons dies: Prince, David [Bowie], Glenn Frey, Lemmy. They are our gods, in a way. So when they die, we have to question our own immortality. Even I, as a rock star, have to question my own. And the sort of bittersweet realization that hubris doesn't mean anything in the end."

We can expect some promotion after Sting's summer tour.

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Tracklist

01 I Can’t Stop Thinking About You 3:30
02 50,000 4:17
03 Down, Down, Down 3:48
04 One Fine Day 3:14
05 The Pretty Young Soldier 3:06
06 Petrol Head 3:32
07 Heading South On The Great North Road 3:18
08 If You Can’t Love Me 4:34
09 Inshallah 4:56
10 The Empty Chair 2:49

Lyrics

Sing along with Sting on this new album and discover the lyrics

Various releases

The album has been released as a CD, on vynil and in digital format. A limited blue vinyl version are also available.

Deluxe:
Includes liner notes penned by Sting + 3 bonus tracks:
- I Can't Stop Thinking About You (LA Version)
- Inshallah (Berlin Sessions Version)
- Next To You with The Last Bandoleros (Live at Rockwood Music Hall)

Super Deluxe (Physical Only):
• Includes 3 bonus tracks
- I Can't Stop Thinking About You (LA Version)
- Inshallah (Berlin Sessions Version)
- Next To You with The Last Bandoleros (Live at Rockwood Music Hall))

• Liner notes penned by Sting
• DVD featuring an exclusive interview with Sting
• Live performance of Next To You with The Last Bandoleros (Live at Rockwood Music Hall)
• Collectible Photographs

57th & 9th

Lineup

Sting (bass, guitars, vocals)
Dominic Miller (guitar)
Vinnie Colaiuta (drums)
Rhani Krija (percussions)
Jo Lawry (backing vocals)
Martin Kierszenbaum (keyboards)
Jerry Fuentes (from The Last Bandoleros)
Diego Navaira (from The Last Bandoleros)
Josh Freese (drums)
Lyle Workman (guitar)
Thabet Azzawi (oud)
Hazem Nassreddine (Qanun) (Fattouch)
Jean-Baptiste Moussarie (Guitar) (Fattouch)
Marion Enachescu (Violin) (Fattouch)
Salam AlHassan (Percussion) (Fattouch)
Razan Nassreddine (Singer) (Fattouch)
Nadim Sarrouh (Oud)
Accad AlSaed (Percussion)
Nabil Alchami (Clarinet)

Sting 57th & 9th recordings in Berlin
Sting, recording in Berlin with Thabet Azzawi and Fattouch Band

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Video teaser

Audio teaser

57th & 9th
The album is named after the intersection Sting crosses to get to the studio every day.

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